Samhain – Flashback 2010

“Samhain is the final harvest. It is the Celtic New Year, the time when whatever has not been harvested must be left in the fields for the spirits. It is the night of the Dumb Supper, the Night of the Ancestors, and the night to work with the Dead. It’s a night of release, of relief, of grief. It’s also a time for fresh starts. You can throw out what hasn’t worked, and start anew.

It’s the night of Hecate at the crossroads. Are you at a crossroads in your life? Is it time to ask Hecate for guidance? You can do so in a ritual or in meditation, but be careful what you ask for. Hecate does not suffer fools gladly. She will give you the answer, whether you’re ready for it or not.

Tonight is also a night to reconnect through the generations with your ancestors. Reach back as far as you can and allow them to guide you. The nights immediately after Samhain are good nights to work with the dead, whether they are ancestors or children or pets or lost souls with no one to mourn for them. Cast a circle, light a candle, let them know they are remembered and mourned, and help them complete their journeys. The living can heal the dead by both loving them and letting them go.”

Copyright Cerridwen Iris Shea Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2010 Page 115

Beltane – Flashback 2010

“Beltane is the holiday of passion and purification. The heat of creation runs hot in the blood. It manifests in personal relationships, in the earth bursting forth with the fullness of its growth, and in creativity.

One tradition is to jump over the Beltane fire for purification. In outdoor urban rituals over the years, where its been impossible to creat a traditional, large bonfire, we ‘ve jumped the sacred grill.  Take a small, tabletop grill and fire it up. Muke sure the coals are glowing, but there’s not a large flame. Toss some sacred herbs into the flames, such as sage, rosemary, cedar, etc. Place the grill on the ground within the sacred space, bless and consecrate it, and have the ritual participants carefully jump the Sacred Grill! The veil is almost as thin at Beltane as it is on Samhain. This is another good night to speak with the dead and perform acts of divination.

Sometimes singles feel depressed or excluded on Beltane because the focus is on passion, fertility, and couples. However, you can also be passionate about friends, family, one’s vocation, art, the condition of the world. Focus on that passion and send it forth to make the world a better place.”

Copyright Cerridwen Iris She Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2010 Page 61